Thomas "Tom" L. Thompson, October 24, 1942 - January 10, 2019

Thomas "Tom" L. Thompson
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Thomas L. Thompson age 76 long time Eau Claire businessman and co-owner of Thompson’s True Value and Ben Franklin Variety passed away at home surrounded by family on January 10, 2019.

Born October 24, 1942 in Hayward, WI to Thomas E Thompson and Lois Jane (Lee) Thompson.  He grew up in Ashland, WI but moved to Eau Claire and graduated from Memorial High School in 1960. He is survived by his wife Sue (Knight) Thompson, two daughters; Deb Winters of Eau Claire and Dawn Powers of Turtle Lake; two Granddaughters Connee Winters of Eau Claire and Madelynn Powers of Turtle Lake and two Great Grandsons Cody & Zach of Eau Claire.

He is also survived by his two brothers John (Donna) Thompson of Eau Claire and David (Kathy) Thompson of Marshalltown Iowa, other relatives and many wonderful friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Tommy & Lois Thompson, first wife Connee (Iehl) Thompson and infant son David.

He was a longtime member of the Masonic Sanctuary Lodge #347 and very active in the leadership of Alano Club 12. His compassion, strength and humor have touched many lives. He cherished his family and loved seeing how gullible they all were.  He also loved reading, and watching all football, most of all the Packers and Badgers. He was the “go to” guy in hardware at the store.  He knew what all the doohickeys and thingies were!

We will miss his notorious smirk, humor, thoughtfulness, but most of all his love.

We would like to extend a special thanks to The Luther Mayo Cancer Center, Dr. Battoo, the staff of the 5th floor Neurology Department and St. Joseph’s Hospice.  Without their compassion and care our journey would have been more difficult.  We extend many thanks to friends and neighbors who have been there for us when we needed them the most.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Friday January 18, 2019 from 3-7pm at Hulke Family Funeral Home located at 3209 Rudolph Road in Eau Claire.  There will be no formal service.  Private family burial will take place at a later date in the Lutheran Church Cemetery in Eau Claire.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Tom's name to the Masons, Alano Club 12, or Saint Joseph's Hospice.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Therese Rippley February 20, 2019

    We ere gone the month of January and did not hear until today that Tom had passed away. Our sincere condolences to you and the whole family. Hope you are doing OK.

    I moved back to Eau Claire in September. Living with Gerd at 3602 Tamarack Lane, yup just in time for the snowiest winter on record.

    Give us a call or stop by. 715-832-2979; 503-720-3056

    Sincerely, Therese and Gerd

  2. Deb and Steve Gladwell January 19, 2019

    We are so sorry for your loss Sue. Prayers and condolences are with you and your girls as you heal. May you find strength to help you through.

  3. Daniel Donnellan January 18, 2019

    Sorry for your loss Sue. With so many trips to the store Tommy 'always had a smile'.

  4. Brianne Markin January 17, 2019

    I'm truly sorry to hear of Tom's passing. As a neighbor in the area I frequent Thompson's True Value regularly and Tom was always incredibly helpful and always with a smile. As a woman shopping for tools or items for a project so often we get talked down to, but Tom was always a gentleman and found the right way to ask if help was needed or to offer small suggestions. My thoughts are with his family.

  5. Barbara Fey January 17, 2019

    We are deeply saddened by Tom’s passing!
    He was one of the good guys!
    Enjoyed his great sense of humor and friendship!
    Our sympathy and prayers to the Thompson family.
    Phil and Barb Fey

  6. Teresa O'Halloran January 16, 2019

    Condolences Deb and Dawn, was very sorry to hear of your dad's passing.

  7. Jim and Linda Elbert January 16, 2019

    Dearest Sue, we are so sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing. We have so many great memories of him and you. Our hearts go out to you and the family. We send our Love to you all. We are here for you always. Love Jim and Linda Elbert.

  8. William Cayley January 14, 2019

    Thanks, Tom, for always knowing just the right item for the job!

  9. Eric Johnson January 14, 2019

    I had the pleasure of working for Tom part time at the hardware store for about 5 years.
    I truly enjoyed working with Tom. He was always glad to see you & was always interested in how you were doing & what you were up to. He made working there fun. You always had something to do when Tom was there.
    I learned many things from Tom about electrical & plumbing that I can still use today.
    There is an old saying at the hardware store, related to stocking shelves or hanging parts on pegs; “there is full.... & then there is Tom’s full”.
    Rest In Peace my friend.

  10. JAMES M ABENS January 14, 2019

    Sue, I was sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I always enjoyed seeing you in my Chiro office & I always bought my snow shovels from Tom. Hope you all can find grace & peace. Your old friend, Jim Abens

  11. Janice Charles January 14, 2019

    So going to miss seeing him at the store. He was SO knowledgeable, helpful, & kind.

  12. Betsy Rochmond January 13, 2019

    I am so sorry for your your loss. Tom's many kindnesses to me, as just a customer, will be remembered. He was great!

  13. Charlie Kennedy January 13, 2019

    I’m so sorry to hear of Toms passing. My deepest sympathies.

  14. Deb Zalac January 13, 2019

    Sending my prayers, hugs and love to Sue and Tom's family. Words are hard to express as I know this is a tremendous loss. What I have learned is that the love never dies even though the person you love is no longer there physically. The love remains.

  15. Deb January 13, 2019

    Tom's Muzak choices could dismay, but he always listened when I described whatever problem I needed to solve--and as soon as he had it in his head, he'd trot on over to some obscure shelf and pull down...exactly the thing that would do the trick. They don't make 'em like this any more. RIP, Mr. T.

  16. Joe & Vickie Vinton January 13, 2019

    Condolences to the Thompson family

  17. Michael Kohnen January 13, 2019

    Condolences: Connee, Madelynn, family and friends, "Tom" always had a warm welcoming smirk that always made me feel right at home whenever I saw, visited with him and stopped in your family store. Memorial H.S. 1960 classmate

  18. Barbara Mahler January 13, 2019

    Dear Sue and Family, I know how great your loss is. It won’t be the same visiting the store without Tommy. Sorry I am out of town and will not be at his Memorial. You have my prayers and Condolences. Barbara

  19. Michelle Lorenz January 13, 2019

    I have too many wonderful memories of Tom to mention here. Definitely a great privilege to have gotten to know him. I love you all. Dad will be missed immensely!

  20. Dave McDermid January 13, 2019

    Sue and brother John, I was sorry to hear of your loss of a great guy. Growing up in Putnam Heights we grew up with the Thompson’s. Every time I came back to EC and stopped in Tommy would treat us as if we were just there the day before. He will be missed by many.

  21. Patrick Mattson January 12, 2019

    Sue and family
    Sorry to hear of Tom's passing, unfortunately I won't be able to make the memorial service as I am out of town. So glad I was able to catch up with him last summer on the trip to Laughlin. Tom was a kind, gentle soul who helped all who asked. May he rest in peace.

  22. Amber Micka January 11, 2019

    My condolences to the family for your loss of Mr. Thompson. May God strengthen and comfort you with his promise of the resurrection. Acts 24:15